Korean Air SKYPASS Changes In 2021

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Korean Air is making changes to its SKYPASS frequent flier program starting from 2021 that will affect the number of miles earned, number of miles required for awards, and elite qualification.

Korean Air Skypass Changes 2020 & 2021

The number of miles earned for select economy class fare classes is reduced by 64%. Most awards will require more miles as well as Korean Air moves from region to distance-based system.

You can access Korean Air’s page for changes here.

Note that the following charts are Google Translate translations from Korean:

Mileage accrual (Effective April 1, 2021):

Mileage requirements (Effective April 1, 2021):

Status miles (Effective February 1, 2021):

Conclusion

Korean Air has had in place a two-year qualification period that now appears to be moving yearly (February 1 – January 31?). It is unclear what will happen to lifetime status with the airline. There is a note that existing statuses will be honored, but it is not clear if new ones are still issued.

The number of miles earned in the economy is reduced drastically, in line with what other airlines have already done. Most awards will cost more miles.

It is, however, terrific that Korean Air gives ample advance notice of these changes that will take effect in 2021.

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